Former acting chairman of the PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff may be fighting a lost battle as majority of the members of the party’s NWC yesterday, May 25, dumped him.
What can be regarded as a brewing crisis has been reported in PDP following the zoning of position of the presidency to the north in 2019.
Ali Modu Sheriff (Middle) dumped by majority of the PDP’s NWC members
The members, eight of them in total, pitched their tent with the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee, which was a brain child of the PDP governors forum.
In a statement released to journalists, the ex-NWC members said:
“As products of the party’s National Convention, we accept without equivocation all decisions and resolutions of the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party held at Port Harcourt on 21st May 2016.
“The decision of the National Convention dissolving the National Working Committee merely re-echoes our undeniable decision as members of National Working Committee to give up our tenures for congresses and Convention to be held in May 2016.
“The National Caretaker Committee constituted by the National Convention on 21st May 2016 is fully within the powers of the National Convention under Section 33(5)(e) of the party’s constitution.
“We recognise the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party and offer the Committee all our support and cooperation.
“As responsible and honourable party members who have had the privilege of serving the party at the highest level, we do not support and are not party to any suit, action or activity seeking to challenge the decisions of the National Convention in appointing the National Caretaker Committee or dissolving the former NWC, which had, at any rate, earlier agreed to go.
“We enjoin the entire mass of the youth, women, elders, stakeholders and membership of the party nationwide to shun personal interest and support and cooperate with the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee so that the party may move forward.”
Sheriff’s problems started on the day of the election, Saturday, May 21, when some chieftains of the party turned down an aircraft sent to them by him to convey them from Abuja to Port Harcourt, Rivers state, venue of the convention.
Sheriff was sacked at the botched national convention of the party. After which the party named a 7-man caretaker committee to manage the affairs of the party, headed by former Kaduna state governor, Ahmed Makarfi.
There was a twist however as a Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday, May 24, ordered Ali Modu Sheriff, to continue serving as the PDP’s chairman.
On the same day, a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt granted an interim injunction restraining Sheriff and Professor Oladipo from parading themselves as national officers of the PDP.
To forestall breakdown of law and order, the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase yesterday, May 25 met with both Makarfi and Sheriff to broker peace between both parties.